Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: first performance date. Sunday, October 30, 2016

 

Gateway Orchestra features Dvorak New World Symphony in regional New World Initiative concerts, New York, NY 

 

New York, NY, October 18, 2016 - The Gateway Classical Music Society will present the Gateway Orchestra in several concerts in the Tri-State Area:  on October 30 in New York City, November 13 in Greenwich, CT and March 2017 in New York City and Ridgewood, NJ.

 

Gateway is a participant in the New York Philharmonic’s New World Initiative in celebration of the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary.   In recognition of the New York Philharmonic’s contribution to the world for having commissioned and premiered the Dvorak New World Symphony during Dvorak’s stay in America in the late 1800s, Gateway will program the symphony in all concerts for the season to help foster a goal of the New World Initiative to have “as many interpretations of the work reach as many ears as possible.” The Gateway Orchestra was invited to be part of the New World Initiative because of its history of bringing Great Works of Art performances of masterworks to New York City neighborhoods for over a decade.   The Brahms Violin Concerto will be also be programmed, and a symphonic and operatic program in Greenwich, CT will include opera arias and duets and the Franz Waxman Fantasie for Violin and Orchestra.  Soloists for the season will be award winning violinist Yezu Elizabeth Woo; former New York City Opera soprano Lisbeth Lloyd and Greenwich baritone Asa Fradkin. The Gateway Orchestra will be conducted by Artistic and Music Director Ida Angland. 

 

For information about performances, tickets and updates, please visit the Gateway website at www.gatewayclassical.org  or make inquiries by email at GCMS@optonline.net.  The performance on Sunday, October 30, 2016, 6:30 p.m. at St Philip’s Church, 204 West 134th Street in New York City is being offered free to the public.  No reservations or tickets are necessary for October 30.  Additional concerts for the season will be announced on the website. www.gatewayclassical.org
 
The Gateway Orchestra comprises outstanding musicians from the Tri-State area. Some players are former members of renowned orchestras including the New York Philharmonic. Others are young, professional freelance musicians, many of whom perform in the U.S. and abroad with renowned chamber ensembles and various other professional orchestras. The Gateway Orchestra is a member of the League of American Orchestras.
 
Ida Angland is the Artistic Director for Gateway Classical Music Society and the Music Director and Conductor of the Gateway Orchestra.  Prior and concurrent to her involvement with Gateway, Ms. Angland assistant-conducted with the New York Grand Opera for seven years for numerous operas and concerts in Central Park and Carnegie Hall. The Greenwich Time featured a front page article about Ida Angland on June 9, 2014 entitled "Leading lady conductor makes her mark in field dominated by men."  Ms. Angland has been characterized as having “inner genius,” “flair,” “idealism,” and “grit.” Gateway’s Great Works of Art performances have been described as “fantastic,” “thrilling,” “compelling,” “a revelation,” “unforgettable,” and “amazing.” (Brooklyn Eagle, Italian Voice, Greenwich Time, Stamford Advocate, Italian Citizen and other regional publications). 
 
Yezu (Elizabeth) Woo, Violinist, has performed as a recitalist and soloist in major concert halls and with orchestras worldwide including the North Czech Philharmonic, Slowakishe Radio Symphonie Orchester, Bulgaria Symphony, Romanian National Constanza Orchestra, Venezuela Philharmonic, New Jersey Philharmonic, Bozeman Symphony and the Pyongyang Symphony of North Korea, as well as the Sungnam, KBS, Jeju, Mostly Philharmonic and Gangwon Province's Orchestras of South Korea.  She debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2004 as the youngest performer to have performed all of Paganini’s 24 Caprices for solo violin.  She has performed outside the realm of classical music with the KBS Korean Traditional Orchestra that presents a fusion of Korean traditional music and classical music. Born in Freiburg, Germany, Ms. Woo returned to Korea as an infant; and, at the age of 10, she moved to the U.S. where she later studied with Albert Markov at the Manhattan School of Music and with Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School.  The 2015 Gateway Orchestra Tri-State Tour featured Ms Woo in the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1.
 
Lisbeth Lloyd, Soprano, has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. She has sung with New York City Opera, St. Louis Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and in numerous concert halls throughout the United States.  Ms Lloyd’s operatic roles have included Violetta in La Traviata, Musetta in La Boheme, Micaela in Carmen, and the Governess in The Turn Of The Screw. She has premiered many contemporary roles including the role of Blondie in Peter Schickele’s The Abduction of Figaro, which was broadcast on Public Broadcasting and performed at Avery Fisher Hall;  Mrs. Charmond in Stephen Paulus’ The Woodlanders;  and Livia in The Mask of Evil by Henry Mollicone.  Ms Llloyd trained at The Juilliard School, works as a vocal coach and is the Director of Youth Choirs at the Second Congregational Church in Greenwich where, under her directorship, the Youth Choir has performed at St. Peter’s in the Vatican among places.  The November 13th New World Initiative concert, will be Ms Lloyd’s first appearance with the Gateway Orchestra.
 
Asa Fradkin, Baritone, won a fellowship to The Cooperative Program where he worked this summer with several renowned opera coaches from the Metropolitan Opera and other music organizations of note.  He has been a frequent performer at synagogues throughout the United States including the renowned Temple Sinai of Los Angeles, Adas Israel of Washington, D.C. and Bnai Torah in Boca Raton.  Mr. Fradkin founded and directs the Temple Sholom Teen Choir, which, under his leadership, has become one of the largest and most active teen choirs in the country. Mr. Fradkin graduated from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2007. The November 13th New World Initiative concert at the Second Congregational Church in Greenwich will mark Mr. Fradkin’s debut appearance with the Gateway Orchestra.
 

Web: www.gatewayclassical.org, Phone: (203) 618-9444

 

 

 

See Related Events:

Gateway Orchestra New World Initiative Concert offered free to the public in New York City

Gateway Orchestra New World Initiative Concert in Greenwich, Connecticut

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Ida Angland

Email: gcms@optonline.net

Phone: (917) 817-2620

 

Gateway Classical Music Society

Riverside, Connecticut

Web: www.gatewayclassical.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Gateway Orchestra Great Works of Art Tri-State Performances

Event Date: October 30, 2016 

Event Time:  6:30 p.m.

Event Location: St. Philips Church Of Harlem, 204 West 134th Street, New York, NY

Admission: Free

Web: www.gatewayclassical.org

Contact: Ida Angland, gcms@optonline.net, (917) 817-2620

Description: The Gateway Classical Music Society will present the Gateway Orchestra in several concerts in the Tri-State Area:  on October 30 in New York City, November 13 in Greenwich, CT and March 2017 in New York City and Ridgewood, NJ. For information about performances, tickets and updates, please visit the Gateway website at www.gatewayclassical.org  or make inquiries by email at GCMS@optonline.net.  The performance on Sunday, October 30, 2016, 6:30 p.m. at St Philip’s Church, 204 West 134th Street in New York City is being offered free to the public.  No reservations or tickets are necessary for October 30.  Additional concerts for the season will be announced on the website. www.gatewayclassical.org

 


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